Rafe's 8 Month Birthday

29 August 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

Another whirlwind month filled with stuff to do, places to go, and people to see has passed.  And Adik is 8 months old!

Yes, yes I am

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Void Vultures Photos

25 August 2012 | Hisham | | Role Playing Games

The artwork commissioned for Void Vultures has been released for some time, but I haven't had the time to download and print it out.

I created a cover using Inkscape with a pair of creative common-licensed images via Google, printed it and bound it. Here are some photos. I have yet to run the game though. When I do I'll have a report written here on the blog. 

I got this covered.
Interior artwork!

Click here to download Rüls of the Void and Derelicts of the Void for free.


Ascension: Chronicles of the Balik Kampung

23 August 2012 | Hisham | | Family Pics, Friends

So, just before Eid, Ivan came around and gave us another gaming gift. This time it's the deck-building card game Ascension: Chronicles of the Godslayer by Gary Games. We brought it back with us to Sitiawan for some gaming. Extradimensional demonic monsters are passing through interdimensional barriers into the world of Vigil. And it's up to players to build their decks and employ their cards to kick the monsters in the butt, and win by gaining the most Honor points!

Sometimes, my hand is usually full of the guys in the following photo. They only have Rune points which does me no good when confronted with the bad guy-fulled centre array which looks like the last photo in this blog entry. I keep getting dealt into these situations.

Strangely, when my hand is full of Power cards, the centre array is inexplicably filled with Heroes and Constructs.

Irfan and I love the game. There's short-term strategy involved. We get to banish the Avatar of the Fallen, Earth Tyrants, Tormented Souls back into the netherworld where they came from. Also, the stylized artwork by Eric Sabee for the fantasy heroes, gear and creatures are very beautiful to look at.

Many thanks, Ivan.


49 Months

22 August 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

And so, another month has passed. Time does not march on, it flies faster than a speeding bullet. Four years and a month old. The darling of our lives, la reina del punto azul, the director of our plays and part-time adorable tot, part-time berserker dictator.

Arrrr mateys!

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Salam Aidilfitri from Sitiawan

20 August 2012 | Hisham | | Family Pics

This year we spent Eid-ul-Fitr in Sitiawan. Here's a photo of everyone during Eid morning.

Then later that night, we had guests over the internet in the form of the Renstroms.

Yaya and Adik also joined the fun. Adik wanted to crawl through the computer screen to join us, but Yaya held him back.



Salam Aidilfitri from Ohio

19 August 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

Eid Mubarak and Selamat Hari Raya, maaf zahir dan batin from us all!

Siblings' first raya together

Transforming into a Tiger: An Additional Birthday Story

13 August 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

A short addendum on becoming and being a tiger on one's fourth birthday.

Happy Tiger!

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Westward Concept: Tusker

10 August 2012 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games
The tuskmaster

So, let me ask you this: what do you suppose is the medium used to draw the above concept sketch of the Tusker for the Westward RPG bestiary?


Call of Cthulhu: Stark Raving Mad

07 August 2012 | Hisham | | RPG Actual Play, RPG Irfan Plays, Role Playing Games, Stark Future of San Francisco
Retroactively created 26th March 2016

For several weeks, Irfan was asking me if I could run the continuation of his first Call of Cthulhu game where he roleplays SFPD Detective D.J. Stark. Finally I had the time to sit down and write prep notes for a short session. Irfan got into Detective Stark's shoes, trench coat, shirt and tie, and then got right into it.

Episode 2

The game started out where the previous session ended: Captain Greta Hack gives the bruised and battered Stark a week's off after he shot his turncoat partner Lee Wilson and rescued Paige Riordan from the vicious underground creatures.

Stark really has a Glock 9mm, not a revolver.

Returning to his apartment, he was ambushed by one of the fetid, muzzle-mouthed creatures in his kitchen. He felled it with a shot. The rest ran out the corridor and down the staircase. Stark pursued, but he was unsuccessful in tracking the beasts. When he returned to his apartment, the body of the creature he shot was gone.